Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris was kind enough to sit down with DID after practice on Tuesday. He talked about taking his leadership to the next level.
Third year shooting guard Gary Harris has quickly established himself as one of the most important players on the Denver Nuggets roster. Harris has already been named to the starting lineup for opening night and hopes to secure a long-term, lucrative contract extension before the deadline passes.
He was kind enough to answer some questions after his training camp practice on Tuesday and spoke about the team’s approach to the upcoming season as well as coach Malone’s challenge to take his leadership to the next level.
DID: How was the first day of camp?
“It was cool man. We got a lot of running in, did some defense concepts, and it was super competitive.”
DID: How was the team dinner the other night? Did you guys set any goals as a group for the upcoming season?
“Yeah we were just trying to make sure we were all on the same page and everyone feels like we all need to be in the playoffs. So we feel like that is very accomplishable and this was our first day for working towards that.”
DID: In coach Malone’s presser the other day he talked about how he wants you to take on more of a leadership role this season. How do you plan on doing that? Are you more of a lead by example kind of guy or a vocal one?
“Yeah, lead by example and be more vocal. This is my fourth year in the league and I have to keep going to take that next step .”
DID: Tim Connelly talked the other day about your name popping up in summer trade rumors. He said it’s good to be wanted. Is that how you view the situation when you hear your name in trade rumors like that?
“I’m not even focused on that. Right now, nothing happened so I’m locked in and we’re all getting locked in trying to reach our goals. We showed up and the first day of practice was good, so now we’ll get some rest and come back for practice number two.”
DID: How nice was it to go down and be one of the guys who recruited Paul Millsap? What was that experience like for you?
“It was cool just to go down there and you know I’m glad he came.”
Harris is due to be a restricted free agent next summer unless he signs a contract extension by October 16. CBSSports.com NBA writer, Matt Moore, tweeted out yesterday that the Nuggets are expected to reach an extension with Gary Harris before the mid-October deadline.
Source close to situation says Nuggets are very close to extension with guard Gary Harris, expectation is it will get done before deadline.
— Matt Moore CBS (@MattMooreCBS) September 26, 2017